The importance of herbs and spices have been long known in the medical community. They are some of the most powerful natural super healers. Since winter is often the time of arthritis, cold and sickness, by pre-stocking your pantry with these powerful herbs and spices you will be ready to combat your body from any microbial attack. Plus, the fact that these make some of the best flavor enhancers is just an added benefit.
Here are 7 of the most powerful super healers you need in your kitchen now:-
Grown deep in the woods of Asia, turmeric holds massive health benefits for us to enjoy. Got a cut or a bruise that just won’t go away? Apply some turmeric. With its antibacterial and antiseptic powers, it is a natural healer. When it comes to preventing cancer, research shows that turmeric prevents melanoma and induces death in tumor cells. By stopping the growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tissue, it prohibits its spreading. It slows down the advancement of Alzheimer’s by cleaning up the aggregation of fibrous protein, called amyloid plaque, in our brain. In mice, it has hindered the proliferation of breast cancer, and slowed the progression of Multiple Sclerosis. It also possess anti-inflammatory By accelerating fat metabolism, turmeric promotes weight loss.
This herb is loved for its aromatic spicy flavor. With just a sip of hot water infused with anise seeds is guaranteed to make you feel better. Anethole, the compound that gives anise seed its fragrance, along with some other molecules together aid digestion. They prevent the development of gas in our tract. The fiber in them promotes healthy bowel functions and relieves constipation. It contains a powerful team of Vitamin C antioxidants and essential oils that defends our body from a wide range of pathogens like viruses, fungi and bacteria. It can be used to alleviate congestion and asthma. As an expectorant, it promotes the cleansing of passages by coughing up phlegm and mucous.
Grown in the meadows of Europe and Asia, this perennial herb has been used to treat a wide variety of diseases such skin problems, inflammatory conditions, respiratory infections and even cancer. The isoflavones in Red clover supposedly increases the level of good cholesterol or HDL in women. Also, its blood thinning properties improves blood circulation throughout the body. The isoflavones also prevents bone loss and improves the bone density. They prevent the proliferation of cancer cells, but due to its effects similar to estrogen, it can promote the growth of some cancer cells, which is why this herb should not be taken by those with a history of breast cancer.
With a burst of freshness these leaves can heal you in many different ways. Research shows that peppermint can soothe the symptoms of irritable bowl syndrome, indigestion etc. It relaxes the smooth muscles in our intestine which comforts our bowel. It contains a phytonutrient called Perillyl alcohol that hinders the proliferation of cancer growth in our liver, mammary glands and pancreas. It lowers our risk of getting colon, lung and skin cancer. It contains anti-microbial properties which inhibits the growth of many harmful bacteria and fungus in our body. Peppermint contains a compound called rosmarinic acid that helps soothe asthma. Along with that, this compound also neutralizes free radicals and promotes easy breathing.
The entire plant contains some form of nutrients which makes it a very powerful herb. Its roots, flowers and the greens possess a huge amount of antioxidants that promotes our cellular health while preventing diseases. These are low in calories, but still contain a good amount of fiber. This along with its laxative properties gives it its weight loss benefits. It contains compounds called Taraxacin, Taraxacerin, inulin and levulin, which together gives this herbs numerous health benefits. The high amount of Vitamin A keeps our skin and vision healthy. The flavonoids protects our system from lung and oral cancer. It contains a wide variety of minerals like potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium and manganese which maintains our heart health and blood pressure. Dandelions are the highest source of Vitamin K suppresses the brain damage induced by Alzheimer’s.
With its pungent taste, and pine-y aroma, rosemary definitely infuses flavor to many dishes, but more than that it contains a huge variety of nutritional benefits as well. It contains several antixidants with essential oils that give Rosemary its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic anti-septic and anti-fungal properties. This herb contains a high a
mount of Vitamin B complex, and other compounds like pantothenic acid, folic acid, riboflavin and pyridoxine. These compounds, especially the folates are important in the synthesis of DNA. The high amount of Vitamin A in this herb protects our vision. It is also rich in iron and many other vital minerals such as potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and iron.
Very similar to sweet basil, Holy basil actually is considered a very sacred plant in India. The antioxidants in them gives it many anti-inflammatory as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties. From treating common cold, bronchitis to digestive conditions like ulcers, Holy Basil is a highly respected plant in Ayurvedic medicine. More than that, Holy Basil promotes stress relief by stimulating our system to function optimally when faced with physical and mental stress. Research shows that by reducing the amount of hormone corticosterone, it promotes mental clarity and memory as well.
In the comments below, tell me is there a special herb that you exclusively use only in the winter?